Get involved in public engagement and outreach


Do you want to hear about the latest research taking place right on your door step?

Could you explain your research in exchange for a drink?

Do you want to try out some public engagement down the pub?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

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Public engagement events

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The University organises a host of public engagement platforms to provide opportunities for researchers to communicate with the public. There are lots of ways to get involved including festivals, one-off events and opportunities with local partner festivals in the city.

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Ignite Academy


What is Ignite? Ignite is a geek event that is held in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events, Ignite presenters share their research passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, making a total of just five minutes.

The last Ignite Academy event took place in September 2018 - find out more

The Buckyball science video series

Brought to you by University of Sheffield Outreach, a collection of videos for use in workshops with children and young people.

Share knowledge of:

  • The Scientific Scale
  • Marvellous Molecules
  • The Buckyball

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How will you use these in your outreach work?  Watch the videos


The Global Educational Outreach (GEO) initiative encourages the use of digital technology to provide teaching material for educators.  Creating video content helps researchers improve their job skills portfolio and highlight their research. The site focuses mainly on science and engineering presentations but also includes resources from other subject areas.

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If you are interested in uploading a video or would like to use the videos as a teaching resource then please visit the GEO site

Brilliant Club

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Several times a year The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from The University of Sheffield in schools to deliver short programmes of university-style tutorials, supplemented by two university trips. The Scholars Programme is designed to emulate the learning that students experience at highly-selective universities, with the expectation that each pupil will be able to produce a high standard assignment at the end of the course (a key stage higher than their current level). Get involved